Mitchell Starc: KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir justifies Mitchell Starc’s record-breaking pay cheque | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: As Kolkata Knight Riders shelled out a record-breaking Rs 24.75 crore to buy the services of Australian quick Mitchell Starc for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, mentor Gautam Gambhir justified pay cheque saying that the pacer will be the X-factor for the team and a leader of the bowling pack.
Gambhir pointed out that Starc’s presence will be a massive help for the domestic bowlers and the left-handed pacer is someone who can deliver in any phase of the game.
On Tuesday, Starc became the most expensive buy ever at the IPL auction.
“He (Starc) is an X-factor, there is no doubt about that. Someone who can bowl with the new ball, bowl in the death overs and more importantly, someone who can lead the attack,” Gambhir, who was present at the auction, said.
“He is going to be of massive help to our two domestic bowlers because both of them are very talented and you need someone to help them out in the middle and Starc covers those bases.
“It is not only about his bowling but also about leading the attack and helping all guys around him. So, somebody will have to pay for it,” the former India opener told Jio Cinema.
Gambhir, who captained KKR to two IPL titles, said for him having a strong bowling line-up takes precedence over a strong batting line-up.
“We have a lot of depth in our bowling line-up. We always wanted to have a stronger bowling attack and now we have the options with Mujeeb (Ur Rahman), Gus (Atkinson), Sunil (Narine), Varun (Chakravarthy), and Mitchell Starc along with two Indian seamers (Harshit Rana and Suyash Sharma) and Chetan Sakariya.

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“Now, we have enough options where we can play different combinations looking at the venue as well. For me, it has always been about having a strong bowling line-up compared to a very strong batting line-up,” said the BJP Member of Parliament.
Asked about his coming back to the franchise he had led to titles in 2012 and 2014, Gambhir said, “For me, KKR is not a team, it is an emotion. The reason is the amount of love that I have received from the people of Kolkata for seven years that I led them and, hopefully, I led them with a lot of honesty.
“Hopefully, we can recreate the same memories that we did in 2012 and 2014. There is no guarantee that we will go out and win but there is one guarantee for sure, that we will fight till the last drop of our blood.”
(With inputs from PTI)

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